IOPS-London Summary Minutes Tuesday 24 June meeting
A) THEORY: Participatory Economics
Prior to the meeting, all participants had explored Anarchist Planning for Twenty-First Century Economies: A Proposal, Robin Hahnel (available here: http://zcomm.org/znetarticle/anarchist-planning-for-twenty-first-century-economies-a-proposal-by-robin-hahnel/).
Paul Raekstad gave a 15 minute on PARECON. Thank you Paul for a great presentation and for taking some very interesting questions afterwards!
This was followed by a 45 minute open discussion including relating to:
- Market Socialism v Participatory Economics
- Money: Effort and sacrifice tempered by need
- Accumulation vs Equitable Distribution
- Planning & Autonomy
- Competition & Profit
- Human nature
- Meeting needs vs. human flourishing
In the second part of the meeting, from 8pm until 9.30pm, we discussed:
- Actions and activities taking place in London;
- the next IOPS social event
- feedback on IOPS Projects that London members are active in;
- IOPS Moving Forward Poll;
- Developing IOPS-London strategy going forward; and
- The next IOPS-London meeting.
1. Actions and activities taking place in London
28 June 2014 (3pm) UK Uncut action
Boots have dodged £1.3bn in Tax since 2007. That’s £1.3bn of our money that could be spent on safe homes, schools, hospitals, women’s services, legal aid and keeping our NHS public.The tax dodged by Boots alone could pay for 78,000 nurses or 5.2m ambulance calls.
We agreed to create an IOPS meet-up point, for members attending this rally to gather before it starts, details of which are available here: http://www.iopsociety.org/events/boot-out-boots
12 July 2014 (12noon) noTTIP action
We agreed to create an IOPS meet-up point, for members attending this rally to gather before it starts, details of which are available here: http://www.iopsociety.org/events/nottip
4 - 8 August 2014 Demand the Impossible
Political Education programme for 15-20 year olds. The main innovation this year is that the course will be planned and run partly by some of the young folk from Unite the Youth who did the course in previous years. Applications are now open and the deadline is July 7th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v
14 August – 20 August: Reclaim the Power Anti-fracking action camp http://www.nodashforgas.org.uk/
2. The next IOPS social event
This will take place at the Square Pig and Pen pub again, which is in Holborn, on Friday 18 July, 2014 from 7pm. Further details are available here: http://www.iopsociety.org/england/greater-london/events/london-social
September 2014 onwards - Power and Privilege Workshops: http://powerbeyondprivilege.wordpress.com/author/powerbeyondprivilege/
London Solidarity Network: http://www.iopsociety.org/blog/london-solidarity-network
Youth Education Programme http://www.iopsociety.org/england/greater-london/projects/youth-education
The need for an alternative-media media project was raised.
4. IOPS Moving Forward Poll http://www.iopsociety.org/polls/poll-on-iops-future
Following a lively discussion, IOPS-London members in attendance (14 people) unanimously decided to support the proposal to move forward towards a founding convention (Proposal Two – see link above) and IOPS-London members unanimously requested to join the other active chapters (Dublin, Melbourne, Missoula, New York City, Salem and Vienna.) in their regular Skype meetings. The Skype meetings of active chapters take place at least every two weeks. One (rotating) representative of each active chapter attends. The next meeting will be on Saturday, 5 July 2014, 15.00 UTC (
5. Developing IOPS-London strategy going forward
a. Developing our theory of:
i. society (understanding capitalism, market and state planned socialism, patriarchy, racism, sexism, imperialism, environmental degredation, able-ism, war)
ii. alternative societies (a free, participatory society looking at participatory economics, participatory politics, kinship, race, culture and community, environment sustainability, international solidarity)
iii. change - what is our theory about how changes come about, and how we might be able to contribute towards short and long-term societal changes?
b. In relation to a theory of change, what is the role of developing alternative institutions: http://www.iopsociety.org/england/greater-london/forum/london-meetings/iops-alternative-institutions
The IOPS Mission statement talks about both 1) building the seeds of the future in the present, empowering the lives of its members, organising in an internally classless and self-managing way and also 2) winning changes in society that better the situations of suffering constituencies while also laying the ground work for more changes and construction to come
6. The next IOPS-London meeting
It was agreed that the next IOPS-London meeting will explore further the difference between market socialism and participatory economics and the relative strengths and weaknesses of each proposal.
As per agreement, the next meeting will take place on the last Tuesday of the next month, which is Tuesday 29 July. It will take place from 6.30pm until 9pm and will be held at Birkbeck. Further details will follow.
Skills development and distribution/sharing of responsibilities
It was also agreed that facilitation, minute taking, event booking and website-administration tasks would be shared among members. Skills shares on facilitation would be organised in August/September.
Developing best practices
Members felt that the structure of meetings was good. Therefore, it was decided that we would establish a Project to look at best practices. More information about this Project is available here: http://www.iopsociety.org/england/greater-london/projects/iops-london-best-practices